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Where I live we have very cold winds blowing in from Russia's Siberia. It is freezing despite the fact that I have all kinds of extra winter clothing like commando balaclava, SPD winter shoes, ESS goggles -- but my toes are still freezing.

So what would you suggest I wear to keep my toes warm?

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'Hypothermia' is when your core/body/trunk isn't warm enough: e.g. your armpits and your inner thighs. Hypothermia is a slightly different problem (requiring different answers) than the problem of keeping your extremities (e.g. your feet) warm. –  ChrisW Feb 19 '11 at 15:38
@ChrisW: thank you, fixed it. –  user652 Feb 19 '11 at 15:46
I solved this problem with thicker wool socks. Seen Trekmates Rannoch Moor in the active use, not sure about them. –  user652 Feb 22 '11 at 18:30

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I have a pair if these that I wear over a pair of wool socks. They are great at keeping wind at bay which seems to be the biggest contributor to my toes being cold.

If your shoes are pretty windproof but are still getting cold toes, make sure that your feet aren't too constricted.

One other possiblity is that cold is coming up through your cleat, so maybe a footbed liner can help.

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MEC advise, on their web site, that the cheapest way to keep your shoes dry is a plastic bag.

They also sell shoe covers: some for rain and some (with neoprene and microfleece) for winter.

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ChrisW: what about with SPD shoes? do you create a hole to the plastic bags to use the cloaks? –  user652 Feb 19 '11 at 15:44
@hhh If you look at the illustrations of shoe covers on the MEC web page that I linked to above, you see they have a small hole towards the front of the sole. MEC also have a whole other page of general advice about winter cycling here including the advice about feet. –  ChrisW Feb 19 '11 at 15:52
About plastic bags on their site: An inexpensive and simple solution is to put a small plastic bag over your feet or inside your shoes. Inside/outside solution, not evident in the first sight. –  user652 Feb 22 '11 at 18:32

I cut both corners off a plastic shopping bag and put it over my toes inside the shoe. It's free, and barely noticeable. I wear my regular summer shoes and socks during the winter, and even on cold days when I'm walking and biking through slush and heavy snow it keeps my feet nice and warm.

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You could try foot-warmers, they use a chemical reaction to create heat. You can usually find them in shops that sell hillwalking or skiing equipment.

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